Old year and Happy New year

I am not a big fan of the ‘Christmas tree’ you see in the middle of the picture above rising up in front of the Frontenac as she came into port on Saturday morning, December 31, 2016. The lights are out at Bentleyville for another year, and soon, I hope, the tree will be gone. By then most of the vessel traffic will be over, but I will patiently wait for the new season, when the leaves will return … [Read more...]

Big news–no fog-see boats

The Frontenac (center) came under the Lift Bridge at 6:41 this morning (June 23, 2011) and went to the Murphy Fuel Dock to get fuel. The American Integrity (right) came under the Lift Bridge an hour and 6 minutes later. She was waiting for the Frontenac to complete before getting  fuel  herself and then going to the CN dock to load iron ore pellets. The Integrity slowed down, almost to … [Read more...]

Frontenac leaves with iron ore pellets

The Frontenac departed Duluth on Saturday evening with a cargo of iron ore pellets (above). The John B. Aird was expected to arrive late Saturday night to load coal. After it departs Duluth early in the morning, the people at Midwest Energy will have a couple hours rest before 3 boats arrive. As always, the first one to arrive is the first one to load coal; the others wait in line. Since we have … [Read more...]

Frontenac here for 2nd time this season

The Frontenac left Duluth on Thursday evening (above) after making its 2nd trip to the Twin Ports this season. Yesterday, it loaded taconite at the CN Dock in West Duluth. On most of its trips to the Twin Ports, the boat can be found loading taconite at the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior. It is owned and operated by Canada Steamship Lines of Montreal. Built in 1968, it was named for the … [Read more...]

Frontenac playing icebreaker

The Canadian flagged Frontenac will be here today for the 10th time this season. Above it is breaking up some ice and snow as it entered the Duluth ship canal on March 29th, 2003. With the high winds we have had, it is lucky for ship captains that the temperature has been above freezing. Below freezing and the water of Lake Superior becomes ice on the hull and the deck, especially when heading … [Read more...]

Frontenac in Duluth ship canal

The Frontenac is owned and operated by Canada Steamship Lines of Montreal. Built in 1968, it was named for the French governor of the French possessions in North America in the late 17th century. He established a government at Quebec. This is the 15th trip here for the boat; each time it loaded taconite, usually at Burlington Northern. It may come in the Duluth entry today to take on fuel before … [Read more...]

Frontenac departs with the Blues

The Frontenac departed Duluth during the Blues Festival last August (above). Most of the people in the picture didn't know the boat was just behind them. They were listening to Mavis Staples. Today, the Frontenac will be under the Lift Bridge again, here to load taconite. Very few of us will be watching, but for different, and colder, reasons. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for … [Read more...]

Frontenac coming through ice

The Frontenac was the first boat to arrive in the Twin Ports for the 2003 shipping season from beyond the Soo Locks (above, on April 29, 2003). It is owned and operated by Canada Steamship Lines of Montreal. Built in 1968, it was named for the French governor of the French possessions in North America in the late 17th century. He established a government at Quebec. *submitted to … [Read more...]

Frontenac entering Duluth

Built in 1968, the Frontenac was named for the governor of the French possessions in North America in the late 17th century. He established a government at Quebec, Canada. *submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-06-2004 … [Read more...]

2003, another spring to remember

(Click on any image for larger version) March 20, 2003: the Mackinaw (below) arrives Duluth. March 24, 2003: the Edgar B. Speer (below), Edwin H. Gott, and Roger Blough depart Duluth March 29, 2003: The Frontenac is our first arrival of the year. April … [Read more...]